Goddamn, they've got a busy weekend.
Friday, February 13th
Val McDermid signs A DARKER DOMAIN at 4:00pm.
Val McDermid, winner of nearly every major award the crime fiction world offers, pioneered what is now called "Tartan Noir" – a uniquely Scottish take on the conventions of the hardboiled genre. To say that, however, is to minimize the power of each separate novel, which all explore the long-echoing repercussions of past wrongdoing. Detective Karen Pirie, head of the Cold Case Review team, investigates the disappearance of a strike-breaking miner, 23 years after the fact; although he was seen in 1984, no one had reported Mick Prentice's disappearance until now. While Karen pursues the cold trail, new evidence appears in another decades-old crime: the 1985 murder of heiress Catriona Maclennan Grant and kidnapping of her baby son, who was never found. The two cases hold a tangle of secrets darker than anything Pirie could have imagined. McDermid artfully weaves the past and present together in this tightly-plotted novel, ratcheting up the suspense with each page. Excellent.
T. Jefferson Parker signs THE RENEGADES at 7:00pm.
Deputy Sheriff Charlie Hood, introduced in L.A. OUTLAWS, returns for a second adventure in this modern Western, set on the mean streets of L.A. County. Hood has a new partner, Terry Laws, a veteran cop everyone calls "Mr. Wonderful." But when Mr. Wonderful is shot dead in the passenger seat of their cruiser, Hood's job is to find the man who knew that Laws didn't always live up to his nickname.
Saturday, February 14th
Sue Ann Jaffarian signs BOOBY TRAP at 2:00pm.
In her fourth adventure, Odelia is settling happily into married life when she learns – from the surgeon's own mother – that a plastic surgeon to the rich and famous might be the Blond Bomber serial killer.
Robert Gregory Browne signs WHISPER IN THE DARK at 4:30pm.
Okay, side note here. I know Rob. He's of... a delicate constitution. So if you can, please show up. I mean, I've seen the man cry. And last time he threatened to get a job as an underwear model. WE REALLY DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. He showed us pictures. I had to wash my eyes with bleach to get the image out. Bad enough he goes around wearing a loincloth and bellowing like Tarzan. And you have to hide the Crisco or he oils himself up and makes monkey noises. All this will happen.
UNLESS YOU BUY HIS BOOK
Good thing for y'all he's a damn good writer. With, like, plots and stuff. Here, check it out.
Detective Frank Blackburn finds a beautiful woman covered in blood, naked, brandishing a pair of scissors. She can't say who she is or where she comes from – but she knows things that make Blackburn thinks she may be the only eyewitness to a series of twisted murders by a killer who leaves "artistic" touches on his victims. Blackburn brings Jane Doe to psychiatrist Michael Tolan, whose own wife, Abby, was one of the killer's victims – and Dr. Tolan soon finds that Jane Doe knows things about Abby that only Abby could have told her.See? Now is that a plot, or what? If you read it out loud in that movie announcer voice it's even better. But you have to start it with "In a world..." or it doesn't sound right.
Leighton Cage signs BURIED STRANGERS at 7:00pm
Now that's a cool title.
In this sequel to BLOOD OF THE WICKED, Brazilian Federal Police Chief Inspector Mario Silva investigates the discovery of a secret cemetery in a park near the nation's official capital, Brasilia. More than three dozen unknowns are buried in the cemetery, including 24 children – and each of the corpses is missing a body part. As rumors of a satanic cult threaten local tourism, Silva cleans up after a corrupt local cop and argues that the case deserves the federal government's attention.
Sunday, February 15th
Thomas Perry signs THE RUNNER at 2:00pm
"After a nine-year absence, the fiercely resourceful Native American guide Jane Whitefield is back. For more than a decade, Jane pursued her unusual profession: "I'm a guide . . . I show people how to go from places where somebody is trying to kill them to other places where nobody is." Then she promised her husband she would never work again, and settled in to live a happy, quiet life as Jane McKinnon, the wife of a surgeon in Amherst, New York. But when a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital fundraiser, Jane finds herself face to face with the cause of the explosion: a young pregnant girl who has been tracked across the country by a team of hired hunters."
Saturday, February 14th
T. Jefferson Parker signs THE RENEGADES at 12:00pm.
If you missed him on Friday in Westwood, you can catch Mr. Parker up in Thousand Oaks.